1960 Aston Martin DB4 GTSOLD

1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT

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Aston Martin DB4 GT 
Launched at the London motor show in September 1958, the Aston Martin DB4 would take the world by storm. Clothed by Italian style gurus Carrozzeria Touring, the DB4’s sleek lines paired with Aston Martin’s straight-six engine made for force to be reckoned with.
The first car to be produced at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell factory, the DB4 would be produced between 1958 and 1963. An all new model, the DB4 brought a wealth of significant upgrades over the preceding David Brown MkIII. The transition to platform rather than tubular chassis would pave the way for future Aston Martins. It was certainly the most advanced GT car of its time.
Design Project 199 had started some months before the launch of the GT. Fresh from a 1-2 finish at 1959 Le Mans 24hrs with the DBR1 at the hands of Carroll Shelby, Roy Salvidori, Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frere, Aston Martin were keen to demonstrate the competition prowess of the DB4. Taking five inches out of the DB4 behind the rear doors afforded a nimble and fiercely competitive GT car. DP199’s first outing at Silverstone some four months ahead of the GT’s official launch would result in a win with Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel. A fantastic result for Aston Martin and their publicity as DB199 would win in the same resplendent racing green livery of the Le Mans winners.
The DB4 GT would increase power from 240bhp to 302bhp with extensive engine fettling and triple Weber carburettors making the GT the most powerful British car of the time. Thinner gauge aluminium bodywork meant for a 90kg weight reduction. A four-speed manual gearbox, independent suspension and all around disc brakes helped the shorter, lighter and more powerful GT become an instant success. The GT was good for a 6.1 second sixty sprint and a top speed north of 150 mph.
Visually different to the DB4, the GT gained faired-in headlamps with Perspex covers which would be used on the Vantage and then later, the DB5 & DB6. Lightweight perspex quarter windows and rear screen were fitted, twin competition-style fuel fillers were added to each wing. The interior of the GT was however trimmed to full and expected Aston Martin road car specifications.
The DB4 GT was Aston Martin’s answer to the formidable 250 Tour de France from the Italian stable. Raced from 1959 by both the Works team, the GT would be driven by the likes of Roy Salvadori, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, and Innes Ireland. In December 1959, at the Bahamas Speed Week, when another driver rolled the DBR2 intended for Sir Moss, the factory team “borrowed” a DB4GT just delivered to a Caribbean customer and Sir Stirling handily won the next race!
Just 75 DB4 GTs were built in the four short years of their production. Despite such a low volume, their ferocious successes and desirability, the DB4 GT is still common place at major international racing events. Proven on the circuits and road racing alike, the GT is eligible at the likes of the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and Tour Auto to name but a few. The DB4 GT balances circuit performance and road usability to provide the ultimate GT Aston Martin.
Sold new to Maurice Baring of the Baring’s Bank Company in London in September 1960, this DB4 GT was supplied new in the elegant Snow Shadow Grey. A well known collector and gentleman racer, Baring took delivery of the car and soon after entered a race at Brands Hatch. One of three GTs to have rear seats fitted, this proved to be no burden at all and Baring won the race. This would be the only time this GT took to the track and as such today presents as a stunning, highly original example.
The complete ownership of 0126/R is known. Baring sold the car and it would have a further three owners in the 1960s. In the 1970s the car was first owned by Mr Collins and then celebrated editorial and advertising photographer Julian Cottrell. After the sale of his Zagato- bodied GT, Cottrell raced the GT in the Aston Martin owners club series events. After Cottrell the car spent four years in the car of an Isle of Wight resident who at this time, entrusted the car with Aston Martin for a full sensitive rebuild completing in the 1983. Two years later the car would be exported to the USA.
0126/R would be cared for by two American collectors over a brief two year spell. Firstly seasoned Aston Martin collector and racer Mr Salyer and then Mr Kroin.
Returning to the UK in 1987, the GT would find itself with several further UK owners and before Mr Taylor purchased the car in 1999 it had been refinished in silver. Never having received a comprehensive restoration, this example has benefitted purely from maintenance to the highest degree from some of the most significant names in the Aston Martin collector world.
The body panels are believed to be wholly original and bear no evidence of accidents or repair work. More recently, the 0126/R was returned to its factory hue of Snow Shadow Grey and returned to the factory to be freshened up by Aston Martin Works Service.
Famed Aston Martin historian Stephen Archer was given unlimited access to 0126/R before the car was sold to its current owner.
“Having spent two years on the DB4GT book and driven about 15 GTs—including Zagatos—this car is remarkable. Its originality and faithfulness to the car that was built at Newport Pagnell is exceptional. It has not been over-restored, its original character remains totally intact, and it feels as an Aston should. Most notably, it is the nicest DB4GT I have driven. Mechanically it behaves impeccably and silently yet makes all the right noises. The gearbox is outstanding (as many are notchy), the back axle silent, and the controls are perfectly balanced. Brakes and performance match well and the car is comfortable cruising at high speeds all day long and yet is tuned so as not to spit in town traffic too. It is utterly charming and addictive.”
A comprehensive history folio accompanies the car with a wealth of invoices from marque specialist R.S Williams as well as further invoices from Aston Martin and Aston Martin dealerships.
Today 0126/R presents superbly and is a fantastic example of an original, superbly maintained DB4 GT with a fully documented history from new. Ready to be used and enjoyed by its next custodian, this DB4 GT remains hugely eligible for road rally events of the highest calibre as well as a multitude of international circuit races.
This DB4 GT is available to view by appointment immediately.

Reference Number 648958

as of 4/8/2021

Car 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT
VIN DB4GT/0126/R 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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